Solent Events

As the main Solent events season draws to a close for 2018 have a look below at just some of the great events that have taken place this year and we will soon be updating the calendar for 2019… with all the latest dates.

One event that occurs every two years is back in 2019 and it’s a spectacular sight to see the start of this race.. The bi-annual  Fastnet Race is in 2019 Sunday 18th August 2019


2018 (was) a great year on the Solent with major events taking place throughout the season.

contact us now to book early for 2019

Previous 2018 events… we will be updating this calendar for 2019 soon…

Isle of Wight (Music) Festival 21st – 24th June

The Isle of Wight Festival takes place from 21st – 24th June at Seaclose Park, Newport. This year will also mark the 50th Anniversary and be headlined by The Killers, Depeche Mode, Kasabian & Liam Gallagher….

Travel to the festival in style on board our Luxury Cruisers.

Get together with friends. With a party of 8 on board Endeavour or a party of 10 on board Allegro (subject to availability). Sail from Hamble village across to Cowes and along the Medina river to a drop off within a short walk of the festival entrance.

The Coutts Quarter Ton Cup, Cowes, 20th – 22nd June 2018

As always the Coutt’s Quarter Ton Cup event will combine some of the closest and most exciting inshore racing anywhere in the world.

Watch from on-board as part of your day cruise with us.

Isle of Wight Festival of the Sea, 21st to 24th June 2018

Set sail for the Isle of Wight and get ready to enjoy the summer’s ‘Festival of the Sea’ celebrations. Soak up the sunshine and the laid back, Island summer atmosphere as an amazing range of nautical events take place. It’s the perfect time to visit.

Cruise from Port Solent or Hamble or we’ll pick you up at Cowes for the special events on the water.

 The Round the Island Race Saturday 7th July 2018

The world-famous Round the Island Yacht Race which sees 1600 boats circumnavigating the Isle of Wight.

Join us on board to see the huge spectacle that is race day it is one of the largest yacht races in the world.

Cruise from Hamble watch the racers as they return and enjoy lunch on board.

The Panerai British Classic Regatta, Cowes, IOW, 14th – 21st July 2018

This is the premier classic yacht regatta in the UK and the annual Regatta of the BRITISH CLASSIC YACHT CLUB. With entries from Britain, Europe, and as far afield as Australia and New Zealand. The Panerai British Classic Regatta

Join us on board to appreciate classic yacht racing at it’s finest, from the best vantage point, on the water.

Taittinger Royal Solent Yacht Club Regatta, Yarmouth, 21st -22nd July 2018

This prestigious event is a firm favourite amongst the Solent yachting community with 180 entries in 17 classes.

For more info see: The Taittinger_regatta/2018

Enjoy a VIP Cruise from Hamble or Port Solent, watch the racing on board and enjoy Yarmouth for lunch.

The Charles Stanley Cowes Classic Week, Cowes, IOW, 22nd-27th July 2018

Cowes Classic week is all about racing traditional yachts on the water and enjoying fabulous social events ashore. Watch the racing from on-board and enjoy the lively spectacle ashore.

Day trips and overnight packages are available.

New Forest Show, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, 24th – 26th July 2018

The New Forest and Hampshire County Show is a annual three day agricultural event that take place at the end of July. Located in the heart of the New Forest National Park, the showground is a green field site offering 30 acres of ground for visitors to explore at the Show. 2017 will be the 97th Show which attracts of average 98,000 visitors.

Visit the show in style with a champagne cruise on board from Hamble to Bucklers Hard on the beautiful Beaulieu River.  Options include brunch at the Master Builder Hotel overlooking the river and transport to the show.

Cowes Week, Cowes, IOW  4th – 11th August 2018

There really is no other event quite like Cowes Week. It is simply the longest running and largest annual sailing regatta in the World. It is one of the main events in the British social and sporting calendar. With a full 8-day schedule of highly competitive racing for the 8,000 competitors and a fantastic line up of shore-side entertainment day and night for the 100,000 spectators.

Departing from Hamble and Port Solent guests can watch the sailing action from aboard or ashore and packages are also available with VIP Hospitality.

The firework spectacular takes place on the final Friday of the event when we are planning a special evening trip to see the fireworks close up and reflecting off the water among the huge flotilla of boats. Book as couple or as a group.

The bi-annual  Fastnet Race is in 2019 Sunday 18th August 2019

But you can still book early for this amazing spectacle contact us.

The Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Off-Shore Powerboat Race, Solent, 25th-26th August 2018

The 200-mile classic has long been recognised as one of powerboating’s toughest challenges, and comparisons have been made with motorsport events such as Le Mans and the Indy 500.

Viewing points and times are scheduled in advanced so we can be sure to catch the best of the action from on-board as the teams set off or return. Packages include hospitality and race paddock access with our friends at SUNUS Ocean Racing.

Bournemouth Air Festival, Bournemouth, August 30th- 2nd September 2018

Special excursions are available for Bournemouth Air Festival

Endeavour will take you and your guests to watch the spectacular air show.

The Little Britain Challenge Cup, Cowes, 6th – 9th September 2018

For over 28 years the Little Britain Challenge Cup has been bringing together thousands of property and construction industry professionals through sailing, and it has grown to become one of the top sporting events in the industry calendar. Participants have helped raise over a million pounds for sailing charities that do extraordinary work for the less fortunate in society.

Watch the racing from on-board and enjoy lunch at Cowes.

Southampton Boat Show, 14th – 23rd September 2018

The Southampton Boat Show is a spectacular world class annual event held in September and attracts visitors, exhibitors and investors from all over the world. The Show is one of Southampton’s biggest events and takes over the City for a 10 day period, whilst people of all walks of life discover what the marine industry has to offer them.

Arrive at the heart of the show in style. Cruise from Hamble and avoid the traffic queues. Includes champagne on board and a cruise past the superyachts at the show. Pick up and return to Hamble and enjoy hospitality with a world class offshore race team.

These are just a few of the exciting events taking place in 2018. We will be adding to this list as dates are set for other events.

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